Nearly two years after a 2014 crash that killed four people and injured 20 others during the international music festival South By Southwest, a Travis County judge has dismissed cases against the festival, the city of Austin and other defendants, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Austin immigration attorney Jose “Chito” Vela III kicked off his campaign for House District 46 on Thursday evening, even though Rep. Dawnna Dukes was present when the legislative session was gaveled in.
Activist groups and supporters crowded in the Grassroots Leadership headquarters in east Austin, vowing to protect undocumented immigrants amidst an incoming state legislative session and president-elect Monday morning.
After a contentious campaign, Alison Alter, former member of the Austin Parks and Recreation Board, upset incumbent city council member Sheri Gallo in a runoff election for the Austin City Council District 10 seat Tuesday.
The amount of hate crimes targeting Muslims is the highest it has been since 9/11, having increased about 33 percent in Austin in the past two years, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.